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    by Published on 02-12-2015 20:08
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    What an absolutely terrific game of football. For the second time in three home games, I've been able to start with that line. As someone who was on record as being unconvinced by Chris Hughton's overly cautious mindset, over the latter part of last season, I am delighted to see his side proving my fears to be unfounded.

    Two proper wingers feeding two strikers, full backs free to express themselves, and most importantly a demonstrable desire to take the game to the opposition, rather than worrying about countering THEIR game.

    Due to the tardiness in getting round to writing this, I shall not add a further full report of the game
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    by Published on 08-11-2015 19:33
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    So. Game 16 of this remarkable season. Game 17 of an unbeaten run stretching back to the spring. The opportunity for this side to make history, in the Amex's 100th league match. The opponents - chubby Scouse narcissist Karl Robinson's MK (should not be called) Dons.

    If there were any nerves, any thoughts of 'surely the traditional Albion will resurface soon', they were pretty much immediately allayed. Barely had people sat down after a slightly confused, but nonetheless respectful
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    by Published on 21-10-2015 08:51
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    Buzzing.

    What a fabulous game of football, and WHAT a moment to savour, that decided it. Brilliant.

    This had a whiff of banana skin about it from the start - Bristol City have some decent players, and their first win on Friday was sure to have boosted confidence levels. Plus they had Benno - and there's always that 'former player scores' fear.

    The first thing that stood out about City, as the teams lined up, is that they are physically huge. Don't give away too many set pieces against this lot please,
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    by Published on 12-10-2015 09:40

    In terms of progress in the European Championship Qualifiers, the Albion's representatives had nothing short of a shocking weekend - with Scotland and Finland crashing out, and Israel looking like falling short too.

    Gordon Greer (9 caps) Euro 2016 Qualifiers
    Gordon Strachan left Greer on the bench, rather than letting him reprise his role of shackling Robert Lewandowski, and watched as Europe's current hottest striker scored twice, including the last minute equaliser that sent Scotland out.

    Greer was then brought in for his ninth full cap, for the dead rubber against the
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    by Published on 08-10-2015 08:20

    October, again, sees a whole host of the Albion's players on International duty, at senior and various age-group levels.

    Gordon Greer (8 caps) Euro 2016 Qualifiers
    Albion captain Greer is first up - the Scots at home to Poland tonight, and hopefully a chance for big Gordon to renew his aquaintance with Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern star striker has been all over the press this week, putting early pressure on the ref to protect him from Greer, after the latter left him hobbling, with a 'strong' challenge in Warsaw. (As the Scottish press have called it, "Crying for his Mammy")
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    by Published on 16-09-2015 11:52
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    A banana skin averted. Top of the Championship, after emerging victorious from successive first v second clashes against Ipswich and Hull, surely the 'real' Brighton would come back to earth with an inevitable bump, by slipping up at home to 24th placed Rotherham? A Rotherham side managed by the odious pantomime villain Steve Evans, and featuring no less than three former Albion loanees, primed for the 'score against your old club' cliche.

    Well, as it turns out,
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    by Published on 14-09-2015 10:06
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    Apologies, to begin, that Iíve failed to produce any match reports so far this season. The weekend of Forest I had a lot going on, and then Blackburn seemed so very unimportant, in light of events in Shoreham. I had intended to write something, then woke on the Sunday to the news that a friend and former team-mate was amongst the victims.

    I couldnít however, neglect to commit Saturdayís events to words. A beautiful and horrible day.
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    by Published on 09-09-2015 11:44


    Jake Forster-Caskey (12), Solly March (1)

    After impressing against the USA, Solly March was unfortunate to be left on the sidelines for this qualifier. Forster-Caskey was introduced to the field in the 70th minute to look after possession and close out a narrow win - Captain Ward-Prowse's penalty enough to secure the points.

    Thu 03.09.15, England U21 1-0 USA U23, Deepdale, Preston
    Mon 07.09.15, Norway U21 0-1 England U21, ECQ21, Oslo


    Glen Rea (3)
    The young Albion prospect stayed
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    by Published on 07-09-2015 11:25

    Since the last update on Thursday night, the weekend has been a mostly frustrating one for Albion's Internationals, until our Israeli duo took to the field in Cardiff last night.

    Tomer Hemed (19) and Beram Kayal (28)
    In a huge game that Israel needed something from to keep their qualification hopes alive, Beram Kayal will have been delighted to be handed his first start in some time. His energy in the middle of the park helped match Wales and keep the expectant Cardiff crowd waiting. He was withdrawn at half time, just as Albion team-mate Hemed was introduced.

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    by Published on 04-09-2015 08:27

    Three matches yesterday, saw three pairs of Albion players take to the field in International colours.

    Tomer Hemed (18) and Beram Kayal (27)
    Tomer Hemed's recent goalscoring form was rewarded with a recall to the Israeli starting XI, and he duly delivered - cooly slotting home from the spot on 26 minutes, in their 4-0 win over Andorra. He was booked just after half-time, before being replaced on 75 minutes, by none other than close freind and Albion team-mate Beram Kayal, earning a 27th cap after a long gap.

    The pair now travel to Cardiff for
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    by Published on 02-09-2015 16:20
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    A busy week awaits, for the Albion's growing number of senior and age-group Internationals:



    Gordon Greer (8 caps)
    Albion skipper Greer will hope to add to his 8 full caps, in Scotland's two crucial European Championship Qualifiers

    Fri 04.09.15, Georgia v Scotland, ECQ, Tblisi
    Mon 07.09.15, Scotland v Germany, ECQ, Hampden Park, Glasgow


    Tomer Hemed (17) and Beram Kayal (26)
    Also in Qualifying action are Israel, in a very tight group. Hemed's recent goalscoring form is expected to see him recalled to the starting XI to try
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    by Published on 05-08-2015 13:02
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    Early last month, the Albion announced the signing, from Almeria, of Israel centre-forward Tomer Hemed, pictured below with his long term partner, a former Miss Israel.


    Born 2nd May 1987, the 6'0" striker, shares dual Polish and Israeli nationality. He learned his trade in the Maccabi Haifa youth system, alongside good friend and now Albion team-mate, Beram Kayal.
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    by Published on 27-07-2015 10:36
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    Liam James Rosenior, was born in Wandsworth, on 9th July 1984, when his father Leroy was a young player at Fulham, and spent his early years in London, whilst his Dad ticked off half of the capital's clubs.

    At the age of 8, the family moved West, as Leroy signed a three year deal at Bristol City, and it was here that Liam took his own first steps into football.
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    by Published on 15-06-2015 08:46

    The final games of the International break, saw only two Albion players take to the field:

    Jake Forster-Caskey
    Under 21 International Freindly
    England 1 - 0 Belarus

    After impressing in the behind closed doors game against Ireland last week, Forster-Caskey started this game on the bench, as Gareth Southgate sought to give all of his squad game time, ahead of the European Championships.

    In truth, his stock will have risen, through his absence - a slightly different formation, led to a less than fluent display - with the performance picking up notably
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    by Published on 05-06-2015 22:11

    A busy day on the representative front, for the Albion today;

    Gordon Greer
    Scotland 1 - 0 Qatar
    The Albion skipper played the full game, at the heart of the Scots' defence, in a friendly arranged to prepare for their crucial qualifier in Dublin next week.

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